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Rogo’s kin ‘plotted to bomb police stations’

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By - | November 23rd 2012

By Willis Oketch

KILIFI, KENYA: Prosecutors now say that the son of late radical Islamist Sheikh Aboud Rogo and a man who married the terror suspect’s daughter planned to bomb police stations in Mombasa.

On Thursday, police charged Ubeid Aboud Rogo, said to be 17, and Swaleh Abdimajid with five other young men with a plot to bomb Makupa and Central police stations on November 13.

Abdimajid had married Rumaisa, Ubeid’s sister, just 24 hours before the couple and Ubeid were arrested by anti-terrorism police in Kanamai, Kilifi last week.

Rumaisa was released within 24 hours, but her husband and brother have been in police custody.

The incident allegedly took place in Mtwapa, Kilifi on November 13, according to the charge sheet displayed in court yesterday.

Ubeid, Swaleh Abdimajid, Bilal Gaitho, Swaleh Ali and Juma Musa were arrested in Kilifi while their co-accused Mzee Suleiman and Hasim Yasir were arrested in Kwale on an unknown date last week.

Torture claims

The suspects on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the charges before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Elvis Michieka, and instead accused police of torturing them during interrogation.

“My clients have complained to me that investigators used a pair of pliers to squeeze their private parts and I therefore request the court to order for them to be taken to hospital for a doctor to ascertain if their private parts were squeezed,” said Chacha Mwita, the suspects’ lawyer.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Alex Wasike, denied the claims, alleging the suspects were misleading the court.

He, however, said he does not object to medical tests to ascertain the claims. But he warned them that should medical reports show that they were not tortured, they will be charged with uttering false information.

Michieka remanded the suspects in police custody until December 3 when a doctor’s report will be brought to prove or disprove the torture claims.

The charges come against a backdrop of a report indicating they are part of an Al Qaida cell in Mombasa planning  a series of terror attack in Nairobi and the coastal city

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